YOUTH RUGBY Stewartry may have been on the wrong end of a heavy scoreline in their West Under 16s cup match at Braidholm but they came away with many positives.
GHA were left in no doubt that they had been in a game and were made to work hard for all their points although their large squad with big strong players had a part in the win.
Stewartry’s scrummage was powerful and strong, as was the rucking, and they unleashed some powerful running and impressive tackling. But the side has to produce the highs for 70 minutes, not just 20.
Early stubborn tackling kept GHA at bay but eventually the continuous assault became two much and Stewartry leaked six tries in the first 25 minutes.
A brave fightback saw the Greenlaw boys retain possession for the next 15 minutes, driving and rucking strongly using the big runners, Zak Hunter, Paddy Traynor, Andrew Bowden, Ciaran White and Fraser Gibson.
Some clever sniping round the scrum at halfback by Patrick Kelly and Kerr Dalrymple made valuable ground at times.
Excellent rucking by Rory Sinclair and Robbie Briggs helped Stewartry to get a five metre scrum after some indiscretions by the GHA players.
Patrick Kelly fed the ball to Zak who drove powerfully through tackles to score near the posts just on half time.
Angus Laing, Kieran Brand, Callum McClure and the Connor twins all put in brave tackling displays.
However, GHA added five more tries in a second half despite more stubborn defending by the Stewartry lads. Final score 78-5.
Ice champs Galloway Cup winners Brian McColm, Alex Fergusson, Ian Kirkpatrick and Andrew Sharp with Janette Sloan presenting the trophy.